The Office

Season 3 Episode 11

A Benihana Christmas (2)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 2006 on NBC
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A Benihana Christmas (2)

Jim, Andy and Dwight take Michael out to Benihana to cheer him up. Michael and Andy bring back girls to the office party. Karen/Pam continue to compete with Angela with their Christmas parties.

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  • a benihana christmas

    One of the best one hour specials of The Office, this is the better "part" of the one hour special even though "part one" is labeled one of the best of the series. Like I said before, they really should have put both parts together.

    I laughed all the way through this episode, and it is possibly one of the funniest episodes of The Office. From last year, we know that the Office doesn't disappoint when it comes to Christmas specials, and it definitely didn't disappoint with this episode. From Pam & Karen giving Angela dirty looks to Michael having to mark the girl he's on a date with so he wont confuse her with her friend. This was a hilarious episode.

    More episodes like this please, not only was this episode funny but it left some Karen/Jim/Pam drama at the end, with Pam watching Karen & Jim, and Jim watching Pam & Roy who honestly needs to written out of this show already. He served his purpose, why does he still work at Dunder Miflin!?

    A great Christmas special, if this episode won't get you in to this show, I don't know what will.moreless
  • The better half hour of this one hour episode.

    This second half hour of the hour long Christmas episode was slightly better that the other part. I have to give the nod to this episode because of Michael's drunken antics and the hilarious battle of the parties. The best line of this part of the episode was a drunken Michael's, "I marked her." Jim replies, "You what?" Michael responds, "I marked her with a sharpie so I could tell which one was which." Michael was referring to one of two waitresses that he brought back to the office from Benihana's. Not to be outdone by Andy was Dwight who was being ignored at the restaurant. And, of course, Jim took advantage of this and made Dwight look like a fool.

    Ah, an near perfect episode.moreless
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Karen Filippelli

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Ed Helms

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Andy Bernard

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The karaoke song Angela sings, "Little Drummer Boy" is the same song Dwight hums in the very first episode while he is prepping his desk.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michael: Why do I feel like crap?
      Jim: You just had a rebound.
      Michael: I had a rebound?
      Jim: Yeah. Which, don't get me wrong, can be a really fun distraction, but when it's over... you're left thinking about the girl you really like, the one that broke your heart.

    • Michael: I marked her arm.
      Jim: You what?
      Michael: I marked her arm with a Sharpie to tell which one was which.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The French episode title is "Noël au bureau (2)", meaning "Office Christmas (2)". The Italian title is "Festa di Natale (2)", meaning "Christmas (2)".

    • According to executive producer Greg Daniels, the joke of Michael and Andy bringing back different Benihana waitresses to the party bombed not due to the fact they failed to get the ones they wanted, but because the casting people hired actresses who were too attractive.

    • Featured music: "The Nutcracker Ballet" by Tchaikovsky; "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette (sung by Kevin Malone feat. many cast members); "Your Body Is a Wonderland" by John Mayer (sung by Michael Scott and Andy Bernard); "We Belong" by Pat Benatar (sung by Kelly Kapoor); "Spinnin' N Reelin'" by Creed Bratton; "Lady" by Styx (sung by Dwight Schrute); "Little Drummer Boy" (sung by Angela Martin)

    • Skeptical about allowing his "Your Body is a Wonderland" to be used in the episode, John Mayer agreed when B.J. Novak explained the scene in which it would be used. He asked for one thing in return—a custom Dundie award, which he was given.